How to Bother Someone Back

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also, in panel 3, to THEIR wishes, i think. hehehe.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertonyo

Awesome! Loved the comic, but reading through the comments made me laugh even more. Confused as to why people comment about errors before they even get to the end of the strip. Might forget what they wanted to say?

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChobe

In panel three, consider changing "loser" to "looser", which is another incredibly irritating common mistake people make. Even though I know this strip is a joke and the mistakes are intentional, it still bugs me and I keep re-reading it to make sure I know where they all are. Aaaargh! :-)

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIdea

You ASKED us to point out your mistakes, once upon a time. You could just ask us to stop instead of getting all passive-aggressive about it.

Unless you're just tired of having so many readers. Well, I know what I can do to help with that problem.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBob

Dare I mention the obvious nature of the Obvious Troll?

I would like to point out that your underhanded, passive-agressive methods of irritation are hardly worthy of the Admiral Pike Medal of Valour...

This issue is marvellous on so many levels. And ever since reading The Rats of NIMH as a child I'm a sucker for infinity images too.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGrum

I believe this is retribution for 1/2 of the comments on being the chosen one being about prophecy/prophesy.

What's funnier is that no single self-proclaimed grammar nazi has come close to listing all of the "mistakes" yet. I somehow doubt they ever will.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

Scott, you are the meta-master of comic strips. Brilliant how you pulled this off without directly breaking the fourth wall.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSumocat

I am quite amazed at the number of people that commented before reading the whole thing. I noticed a few of the mistakes (sadly not all) but didn't see the punchline until it hit. Excellent comic, Scott.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRob J

It's not an errror, it's just a nice long roll of the rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs.

Compulsed by the failure of others, and no other reason:

P1: Should have
"This does not make them less irritating."


"You always complain"
"Try reminding me, before I do the paperwork, to use blue ink."
"Next week, use blue ink."


"give in to their wishes, in the most irritating, passive-aggressive way"
"How many blue pens"
"You could just use blue ink--then he'd stop bugging you."
"But then, he wins."

"The best way to bother someone, who bothers you, is to take the thing they bug you about, and deliberately do it more."

"People seem determined to point out my spelling and grammar mistakes, so I riddled this comic with errors."
"Antagonizing your readers for trying to help you"
"You might be misusing 'meta'."
"Even better!"

That's all of the blatantly obvious corrections. Scott, proceed as planned.

Grammar nazis, if you cannot see how many changes I've listed compared to the comic, or, more-over, you failed to cite atleast that many mistakes, you have failed entirely, and should never do so again.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

Epic win.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChesh

That's fantastic... I noticed a couple of mistakes, then started to get this weird feeling that either you really, really didn't care anymore, or something was up. Well done!

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I find it hilarious that some folks actually stop after encountering the first typo to comment on it, before going on to read the rest of the comic! WOW!!

Folks, the internet won't break if you stop being so hyper-vigilant about the spelling.

Ya bunch of kooks.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDamian

I don't know which is funnier: The comic itself, or the people still commenting to point out misspellings. Freaking brilliant.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Jimmy

I'm glad I read the whole thing before commenting.
Well played sir!

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSheherazahde

Panel 3: Shouldn't it spelled looser?

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlawrence

lol and painful at the same time!

Glad I skipped down to the comments after the 2nd panel so I could go back to enjoying the comic! ;)

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAC

Haha! I thought the misspelling was out of character! ... until I got to the last panel I was wondering what was up. Good one! The joke is on the grammar police!

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike

i wish i was still at school so i could give this to some of my old english teachers (my spelling sucks) and to all those you posted wihtout rading it through EPIC FAIL :P

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterquar

HAHAHHAHAHA... The comments are as funny as the strip this week! I can't believe the grammar gestapo are in such a hurry to correct you that they can't even get to the last panel before they start typing! Don't you people know that "the details are unimportant"?

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersnowdog

Ok, read it a second time with my reflex proofreading on hold...laughed even more! :D

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAC

This iz genious! I especially love how some folks still posted comments with corrections to only one or two mistakes. Missing all the other intentional mistakes just makes their them seem stupider.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

Enjoyed the comic, Scott. I was wondering how many of your readers would fall into the trap hook, line and sinker.

You have some very gullible commenters :)

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterti702

Oh, this is golden. I was trying to figure out why you hadn't corrected any of the spelling or grammatical errors yet, and it hit me like a brick wall in the third panel and I just lol'd in front of half my coworkers out of the blue.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSam

I wondered how long it would take before you exploded.


I love how many people still corrected you!

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBill


May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWalter

Scott, you've successfully trolled half the internets.

Good on ya, man.


May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMick Theebs

Lol. I wondered after the last comic. Well played.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThad

I actually didnt catch any mistakes until the 'mite' in the last frame... do I win?

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Neanderthal

This comic is absolutely brilliant. I'm also completely amazed at how many people can't even be bothered to read four panels before they start pointing out error. How can you even enjoy the comic that way?

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJelli

This comic is absolutely brilliant. I'm also completely amazed at how many people can't even be bothered to read four panels before they start pointing out errors. How can anyone even enjoy the comic that way?

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJelli

Scott, I have developed a whole new level of respect (meta respect?)- this is simultaneously funny and biting and that's the best kind of humor! Well done, sir! The sad part is that I didn't even notice the mistakes until after I read the 4th panel.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbathrooms leeds

awesome Scott!

so...will the grammar nazi's please shut up now?
and let us humans enjoy ourselves?

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaribethann65

On behalf of the Grammar Nazis, I would like to say that we do NOT hate Scott; rather, we feel a compulsion to aid him in producing a comic that expresses exactly what he intends to say. If the moderation delay didn't exist, only one or two comments would get through, and by the time the rest of us read the strip, Scott would have made his corrections. He HAS SAID in the past that he appreciates our corrections. I, for one, am torn between deeply hurt feelings (in being a "bother" to him that has merely been tolerated) and hysteria. Once I got the joke, I couldn't wait to read the comments. I am glad that I don't post until I've read the whole strip - THAT would certainly smite my smugness!

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

And it's Scott FOR THE WIN!!!!!!!!!!!! This made me smile. Thanks. :)

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercheryl

How come know one has actually listed all of the errors yet? I counted at least 16, plus a few questionable usages, of commas.

Fifty-three is hyphenated!
passive-aggressive is hyphenated, just like anal-retentive!

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark

We must strive for perfection. No errors allowed!
Meteor-rocketry is unnacceptable !!!

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames yeamans

You make me sad, sir. That was a low blow. Don't worry, I still love you.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

Holy crap, people here are STILL not bothering to read the whole thing...

(by the way, I had a good clue by the second panel what the comic was really about. Fourth panel rewarded me well)

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMieu

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